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Stop At: Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Off State Highway 48 Mangatepopo Valley, Whakapapa Village, Tongariro National Park New Zealand

Winter transforms one of the world’s most famous one-day walks into a spectacular snow-white wonderland. Let our expert guides take you there on sensational day out in Tongariro National Park.
Our winter trips run from 1 May to 31 October. With the summer crowds long gone, this is your chance to see the Tongariro Alpine Crossing as tranquil and unhurried as it used to be. Snow and ice blanket the landscape’s amazing lakes and craters, creating scenes even more surreal than in summer. The views are better, too, the crystal-clear bringing even Whakaari (White Island) – 200km away – into focus on a good day.
There are new sensations and new skills to learn, with no previous alpine experience necessary. Our expert guides provide all the gear, skills and personal attention you need to stay safe, warm and happy – come snow, rain or shine.
Expect to spend half the trip hiking through the crunchy, sparkling snow, which makes for surprisingly smooth going. And keep your fingers crossed for some icy terrain, as this offers a chance for you to try the ice axe and crampons, and snap a few ‘hardcore’ photos to show the folks back home!
If you’ve ever wanted to experience the peace and pristine beauty of a hike above the snowline, our winter Tongariro Alpine Crossing tour is for you.

Duration: 9 hours
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I easily made a booking online. Upon check-in, Adrift made sure we had all the correct gear. Staff were friendly and very helpful. I struggled with the uphills and the devils staircase but between the guides they made sure that atleast one of them were...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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amandaC5870NG, Front Office Manager at Adrift Tongariro, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi thank you for taking the time to post a review. We are thrilled you had a great day with us and so happy for you that you were able to achieve this with the help of our guides. We hope to see you back...More

Reviewed July 9, 2019 via mobile

We did the alpine crossing yesterday, with our guides Justin and Felix. We had a great day - we got the full mountain experience, wind, fog, and beautiful clear views of the mountain, crater and lakes. Our guides were friendly, skilled and kept our group...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 4, 2019 via mobile

I could not recommend doing the Northern Circuit with Adrift enough. My buddy and I are reasonably experienced trekkers and decided to go with Adrift for our first attempt at alpine areas in winter. This was the best decision we could have made. Our guide,...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Greg S
Reviewed June 30, 2019

my Husband and I booked this the day before just on the off chance as the weather was going to be nice and oh boy was it nice. The day was amazing the guides were exceptional really encouraging and supportive the head guide Justin was...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 20, 2019

Did the walk on June 19th with Elliot, Brayden, and Justin. The entire crew was amazing at not only guiding, but with safety, patience, and genuine excitement for what they do. Anyone thinking of doing this hike needs a guide to do it, especially in...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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